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Jeremy C. Hocking - resume applicable to hospitality industry only, full resume on request

Postal Address: 138 Old Cape Road, Knysna, 6571. Western Cape, South Africa.
Phone: +27 44 382 6460 (home & work), +27 72 165 8897 (mobile)
e-mail: hockingjeremy@gmail.com
skype: jeremy.hocking


I have been described as an astute, self-motivated and energetic Sales, Business Development or Country Manager with vast international experience in a multi-national environment. A demonstrable success record in delivering profitable results, achieved by utilizing strong leadership and strategic planning skills. A team player, who communicates a vision, empowers others and continually raises the bar for the team and for him, with extensive experience and accomplishments which include:

  • Proven track record of identifying, motivating and implementing business development opportunities in both developed and emerging market environments.
  • Negotiating and securing approval for short and long term strategic plans projects with Regional and Head Office Management teams.
  • Bring a combination of global, cross-cultural expertise to marketplace decision making from 25 year's experience in the FMCG arena.
  • With years of experience in dealing with the South African major chains is well placed to manage their expansion into Africa. Also well equipped to manage other major accounts globally.
  • Ability to lead and manage cross-functional business team units while over achieving assigned company growth profit targets.



Following the closure of our family business, an interim position was offered by a friend which not only offers accommodation, but also something to do. My wife and I are currently managing a 3 star guesthouse in Knysna for a friend. My role entails complete operations including guest relations, marketing, financial control etc.


We purchased a small country inn in the Eastern Cape and ran it as a family business. My wife and two eldest children were actively involved whilst the youngest attended school in nearby Somerset East and then NMMU in Port Elizabeth. We managed to increase turnover by 75% in the first year and by a further 30% in year two and three. As we were heavily reliant on contractors working in the area, a combination of the recession, drought and a cessation of projects in the area affected our business severely. We were forced to close our doors at the end of May 2011.

Business consisted of the hotel (14 rooms), a liquor store and convenience store. I managed all aspects of the business.